Cross-Border Regional Innovation System Integration: An Analytical Framework

Teemu Makkonen, Adi Weidenfeld, Allan Williams

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The importance of inter-regional co-operation and innovation are widely accepted in the development rhetoric of the European Union. The highlighted importance of both themes in the context of borderlands has recently led to the coining of a new concept, cross-border regional innovation system. However, little attention has been given to the empirical analysis of the concept. This paper suggests a framework for empirically validating the concept by examining the levels of integration between cross-border regions. The outcome is a proposed framework that can be operationalised by measurable indicators of cross-border co-operation in a regional innovation system setting. The framework was further tested with illustrative empirical cases that demonstrate its feasibility.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-820
Number of pages16
JournalTijdschrift Voor Economische en Sociale Geografie
Issue number6
Early online date15 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Bibliographical note

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Makkonen, T, Weidenfeld, A & Williams, A 2017, 'Cross-Border Regional Innovation System Integration: An Analytical Framework' Tijdschrift voor Economische en Sociale Geografie, vol 108, no. 6, pp. 805-820, which has been published in final form at . This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.


  • Cross-border region
  • regional innovation system
  • proximity
  • knowledge transfer
  • integration
  • European Union


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